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Cook Pharmica Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great training program, good people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Good work/personal life balance, good benefits (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The company will talk a lot about work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper Management prefers the Drug Product side of the business (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Reasonable Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly a friendly environment. Integrity really is a thing here.

    Cons

    [Extremely] Low PTO, below average pay, no advancement opportunities, rare opportunities for lateral moves, and Cook Clinic.

    Advice to Management

    My best advice for management is rate people on their actual job skills and proficiencies and concentrate less on interpersonal communication as it pertains to reviews and the like. People should get paid and/or promoted [appropriately] based on their job performance, not their ability to patronize others.


  2. "Take great care when you consider working here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The health benefits are good. That's about it.

    Cons

    Pay is garbage. They will do their best to not pay you market value and will stonewall you from getting a promotion. I worked there for about a year and a half and finally got a performance review right before I left. Performance review was glowing... but I never saw a pay increase the entire time I was there.

    Young professionals take heed - this isn't the place for you. Don't take the bait on the "we'll develop you!" shtick.
     Management is very good at pointing out your shortcomings and making you feel like you're not adequate. They'll promise to develop you and "make you better" - setting goals, doing development plans, etc. - while not rewarding you for accomplishing those goals.

    This place gave me Stockholm's Syndrome. Management is really good at gas-lighting and making you feel completely insane. I feel like I never got a break. Don't even think that taking PTO will get you out of persistent phone calls/emails from this place. You'll burn out quickly.

    HR is really good at making situations look like whatever they want. Be wary.

    Advice to Management

    You put on such a front to make it look like you value your employees - why don't you actually do it for a change?

  3. "Trying to get away from this place ..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    You dont go anywhere unless you kiss the managers butt. Others get away with a lot because they are close to management. New hr people are rude and very hateful, they will not even listen to your problems it's you against them and your manager.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do something about the favoritism. And some of the new HR employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work Here, You Will Regret It"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Downstream in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Downstream in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice Facility
    Easy to slack off

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is unetiable
    They only promote people based on brown nosing not experience
    They are making people team lead after one year experience not 5 years as advertised in the job description
    Cook Clinc is terrible
    HR is corrupt


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Real Life Initech"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Low stress, plenty of slack time
    - Extremely cheap cafeteria food
    - Modern workout room

    Cons

    -Homogenous staff and culture
    -Most employees of >2 years show signs of lethargy and complacence
    -Corporate groupthink
    -Monotonous daily operations
    -Office space lacks character, by design
    -Corporate ladder driven

    Advice to Management

    Diversity, presented in many forms, enriches the workplace


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One Souce CMO"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor Downstream in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor Downstream in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great chance to advance in career
    Competitive pay and benefits
    Growing at a steady rate

    Cons

    Seems like they don't value your experience
    Upper Management prefers the Drug Product side of the business


  7. "Good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Process Engineer in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Associate Process Engineer in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great work environment
    - Polite and nice culture
    -Pays enough

    Cons

    -Hard to make any progress or advance career wise
    - Takes forever to do anything under the QA microscope
    - Some positions receive very little attention from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to talk to and visit your people

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Keep looking"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Bloomington, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you get a check although not enough

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement
    Corrupt HR and management

    Advice to Management

    Replace all management and HR personnel immediately


  9. "Almost 5 years (Here's to five more)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Jack of All Trades
    Current Employee - Jack of All Trades
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ever changing environment. Responsibilities and tasks are never the same. The people that stay here are versatile and are forward thinking.
    Pharmica has really shed that "7 year start-up" slump it has been in and has turned it into a perception of being an adaptable company capable of anything the client can dream up.
    Promotion is available to those who can adapt, listen and cooperate (NOT COMPETE). This single observation should be made by more of the people with a negative outlook. There is a culture of team if you look for it!
    Great pay, decent benefits and one great place to build a resume.

    Cons

    Many of my complaints over the years was directed at the culture and I am happy to say I have change many of my opinions. Much like many of the negative reviews I harbored a very damning opinion of senior management because I felt like they were asleep to the toxic environment on the floor. It's become clear through recent developments that management had been studying, listening and really observing the situation and the response has been resounding and complete!
    I feel supervisors haven't always had the voice to change the culture immediately in their areas and want to continue to see power being given to their opinions so that quick (sometimes painful) decisions can be made in order to send a clearer signal to employees as to what will and won't be tolerated. In that I feel it is IMPERATIVE that the company allows their supervisors to be just that. Not Technical writers, not errand runners for support staff, not stuffed shirt stand ins for meetings no one attends but real honest to goodness production partners that are on the floor building trusted relationships with employees and seeing the process through to the end without the luxury of deniability because they were 'in a meeting'.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up on your goals, people in your manufacturing areas are smiling and there is a real feeling of accomplishment as a team. Continue to understand the challenges you put people through when you ask them to do three, four or five jobs and continue to offer support.


  10. "It's Only OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cook Pharmica full-time

    Pros

    Good work/personal life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Advancement is unusually difficult


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